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Wentzville, St. Louis County officers to begin carrying Narcan

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WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) – St. Louis-area police officers will begin carrying Narcan to combat heroin overdoses.

Officers in Wentzville will begin carrying Narcan starting Thursday. The Wentzville Police Department said they have seen a steady increase in drug overdoses in the past few years. So far this year, officers have responded to two overdose calls.

Drug overdoses are a problem on a much larger scale in St. Louis County. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said there have been 90 heroin-related deaths in the last year.

Thursday, leaders in St. Louis County will announce that their officers will also be trained to start carrying Narcan.

Officers in St. Charles County used Narcan to save a life following a drug overdose in December. 

The prescription medication blocks the effects of opioids by reversing the overdose. Narcan has the potential to save people from overdosing on heroin and prescription pain pills.

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